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Creative Gifts for Kids and Baby

<i>Michelle Kohanzo is the the Managing Director of The Land of Nod, a children’s retailer that offers products for kids and people that used to be kids. Michelle is also mother to four kids (yes, FOUR!), a gourmet cook, and a retail junkie.</i><p>Here at The Land of Nod, we believe in toys that run on pure …

How to Get Good Photographs in Overcast Conditions

For those of us that don’t inhabit tropical or sub tropical climes, overcast days are more often the rule rather than the exception. At first glance …

Shutter Sounds: Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony Cameras Compared

How do the shutter sounds of popular camera brands compare with one another? Which cameras are loud, and which are quiet? Photographer Davin Lavikka …

Cameras

How to Pose Large Groups Organically: A 3-Step Guide to Beautiful Group Photos

A lot of photographers today find themselves more comfortable posing individuals and groups in a natural way, rather than the strict fashion most of …

10 Reasons Why You Should Use Manual Focus

Years ago, photographers would observe a scene through their viewfinder and turn the focusing ring slowly to bring the scene into focus. Much has …

Call for Submissions: Photos of Babies

We’ve all been babies at one point, and yet there’s something about them—their smallness, their roundness, their curiosity about the world around …

HDR Photography: Shooting Tips, Software Plugins, and Training Resources

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography refers to creating an image, from two or more exposures of a scene/subject, in which the appearance of colors is …

Setting Your Camera for Ultimate Image Quality

Those of you that have recently joined the mass ranks of photographic enthusiasts will, most probably, not have thought too much about the way you …

Be Shallow - A Guide to Wide Aperture Photography

One of the many things that often differentiates a photographer from a snap shooter is the use of depth of field. Shallow depth of field is one of …

3 Simple Ways to Make Sure You're Getting Good Exposures

I’ve always been one of those people that believes we should move away from using the term “correct exposure.” Not that it doesn’t have its place; …

Landscape Photography

6 Features of a Successful Photography Website

In a piece I wrote a short while ago about some of the myths concerning professional photography, one of the flagrant fictions included the following:<p>…

Shooting with RAW Settings in Photography

Many cameras now offer the option to save captured photos in the RAW file format. RAW capture brings with it an extra processing step. This step …

Landscape Photography

14 Commandments for Fine Art Photography Marketing (with photos)

<i>The more informative your advertising, the more persuasive it will be. – David Ogilvy</i><p>You have created some great photographs and you are considering …

Using Aperture’s Adjustment Tools to Make Your Photographs Pop

Since its initial release, Aperture has evolved from an image management program to a powerful catalogue and image manipulation program for Mac …

Window Light Portrait Photography Tips

Have you ever tried to create a lovely portrait but not known how? It’s not a hard thing to create a beautiful portrait. The secret is the lighting. …

Camera Lenses: Narrowing Down the Choices

First of all, what is focal length? According to the textbook definition, “focal length is measured in millimeters (mm), and it represents the …

Buyers Weigh In: What Makes a Website Great

When we talked to photo buyers for last year’s survey, we also wanted to know what makes a photographer’s website outstanding. They told us they …

Depth of Field Simplified

Depth of field (DOF) is probably one of the least understood principles of photography. Most photographers seem aware of its existence, but few seem …

5 Tips For Photographing Moving Water

All of us have seen those amazing, silky, cotton candy seaside scenes or milky, white waterfalls falling down a rock face. They all look so …

An Introduction to the Inverse Square Law

I don’t know about you, but I was never much of a math student. I needed a tutor in high school for both geometry and physics. I chose a double major …

5 Amazing Apps That Every Photographer Should Have

Once upon a time photography was in large part about remembering complicated rules and equations and a fair amount of luck. The more you knew of the …

Landscape Photography

Beware of Cheap Lenses: Five Common Issues

“You pays your money, you takes your chances,” as the old adage goes. It perhaps perfectly sums up the end result of buying a cheap lens. Whilst you …

Tips for Approaching & Photographing Strangers

Street photography can be nerve-racking for some people. The idea of talking to strangers and/or capturing photos of them can be daunting. There are …

How to Make Your Own Light Panel for Portrait Photography

Let’s face it, lighting equipment can be pretty expensive once you add up all the power supplies, light stands, light modifiers, power packs, slaves …